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Publisher's Note:

The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent." French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. Yet, the French children Druckerman knows sleep through the nig…

Bringing Up Bebe

by Pamela Druckerman

Overall Book Review:

New Yorker Pamela Druckerman whips up this charming memoir detailing her experiences raising children in France. The similarities and differences between American and French parenting were fascinating and I enjoyed learning more about French culture. Druckerman uses warm and witty prose to both bemoan her kids’ misadventures and praise their good deeds. The chapter about getting kids to eat better was brilliant and I have started implementing some of the suggestions with my own kids. Bringing up Bebe is a fun, light-hearted read fraught with entertaining parenting observations.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  2 religious exclamations, 1 derogatory name, 2 f-word derivatives

Violence/Gore:  Parents threatening kids with a spanking; children hitting parents

Sex/Nudity:  Conversations about circumcision, perineal re-education, and child-bearing anatomy; author recalls seeing a friend’s topless maternity pictures; implied sexual activity in movies, conceiving and among teenagers. A discussion regarding sex occurs in regards to pregnancy. 

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Alcohol / Drug Use:

The author reports seeing a few pregnant women drink or smoke in France.

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.